Crowds of Superheroes

Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence

in The Superhero Reader

Published by University Press of Mississippi

Published in print June 2013 | ISBN: 9781617038068
Published online March 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781621039549 | DOI:
Crowds of Superheroes

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This chapter presents an excerpt from The Myth of the American Superhero (2002) by Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence. It discusses the proliferation of superheroes following the success of Superman comics in 1938; the connection of superhero materials with the American religious heritage; and the emergence of a new mystical consciousness shaped by the American monomyth.

Keywords: comics; superheroes; superhero genre; American religious heritage; mystical consciousness

Chapter.  1646 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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